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COVID-19 Vaccines + Flu Shots

Please read on for information about how you can receive your flu shot and COVID-19 booster.

COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination

We are now offering the updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters to members of the following groups who have already completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series: all Veterans, even if they’re not receiving care from VA, spouses or surviving spouses, caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act.

  • The updated booster protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants
  • Individuals who have completed a primary series, including those who have received booster doses and whose last shot was at least two months ago, are eligible for the updated booster
  • People 12-17 years old can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech updated booster
  • People 18 years and older can receive either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna updated booster

If you haven’t received your primary COVID-19 series yet, you should consider getting it now. After you have completed a primary series, you will be eligible for an updated booster two months after your last dose. A primary series can consist of any of the options listed below:

  • Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, two doses of Moderna vaccine, two doses of Novavax vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Receiving an updated booster will ensure you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, which will better guard you against severe illness and death from this virus. You will also be able to safely get your flu vaccine at the same time you receive your updated booster. If you’d like to receive your updated COVID-19 booster, or your flu shot, please view the tables below for the vaccination schedules.

Receive a Free Flu Shot in the Community

In addition to being offered by VA, no-cost flu shots will also be available at retail pharmacies and urgent care locations until April 30, 2023. To locate a VA medical facility, in-network urgent care, or retail pharmacy near you, use the VA Locator and follow the steps below:

  • Enter the city, state, or postal ZIP code for your location
  • Choose a Facility Type from the drop-down menu
  • Select VA health for VA medical center locations
  • Select Urgent Care, for “All in-network urgent care”
  • Select Community pharmacies (in VA’s network)
  • Click search
  • Choose a provider

As a reminder, universal masking and entrance screening is still in effect at all VA health care facilities, and physical distancing is required in all waiting areas, public areas, and workspaces.

Visit www.prevention.va.gov/flu for more information about flu shots. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.va.gov/bay-pines-health-care/programs/covid-19-vaccines/.

Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine
Location Administration Method Times
Location C.W.Y Campus – J.C. Cobb Room Administration Method By appointment only Times Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location Lee County Healthcare Center Administration Method Accepting Walk-ins Times Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location Bradenton, Naples, North Pinellas, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Sebring, and St. Petersburg VA Clinics – front entrance of clinics Administration Method Accepting Walk-ins Times Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
Flu Vaccine
Location Administration Method Times
Location C.W.Y Campus - J.C. Cobb Room Administration Method Accepting Walk-ins Times Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location Lee County Healthcare Center Administration Method Accepting Walk-ins Times Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location Bradenton, Naples, North Pinellas, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Sebring, and St. Petersburg VA Clinics – front entrance of clinics Administration Method Accepting Walk-ins Times Monday – Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

COVID-19 Testing

The federal government has paused sending free COVID-19 testing kits to Americans, effective Sept. 2. 

If you need a COVID-19 Test, please use the resources below:

  • We offer COVID-19 testing to Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Appointments are required. Veterans who wish to be seen at our CWY campus can call 727-398-6661 and press 2 to schedule an appointment with their primary care team. If you receive care at one of our other facilities, please use the information here to connect with your primary care team.
  • At-Home Tests at Retailers and Pharmacies: At-⁠home tests are available for sale around the U.S. Check with local retailers and pharmacies to see where at-⁠home tests are available.
  • Insurance Reimbursement for At-Home Tests: If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, your insurance will pay you back for 8 at-⁠home tests each month for each person on your plan. Learn more about insurance reimbursement (scroll to number three)
  • 15,000+ Free Testing Sites: No-cost antigen and PCR COVID-⁠19 tests are available to everyone in the U.S., including the uninsured, at more than 20,000 sites nationwide. Find resources in your state